Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club Bulletin
An ARRL Affiliated Club
Jon Bart - K6QVA
Vice-President -- Ron Patten - KG6HSQ
Secretary/Treasurer -- Ken Dickson - W6MF
146.175 MHZ (+) Tone 107.2 Red Mtn.
445.600 MHZ (-) Tone 107.2 Red Mtn.
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The Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club normally meet at 3:00 PM on the first Saturday of the month.
Fallbrook Amateur Radio Renewals
There will be no more paper notices mailed due to the rising cost of postage and supplies.
All future notices will be sent electronically. See Members List
for your expires date.
THIS MONTHS MEETING AGENDA
NEWS & VIEWS
- Repeater Update
- Yuma Hamfest Report
Rigtalk USB rig control interface
CQ Serenade song
This will make your day
This is an open invitation to join Joe (kd6kuv), Dave
(k0csd) and my myself (kc6mie) every Monday night at 7:30pm for some CW
practice and Fun. We meet on one of these Freq's 28.050, 3.800 or
7.125. We also use our repeater for Freq. coordination. If you
want to build up your speed, confidence and improve your fist, then
please join us. It does not matter if you are a good operator or
not, the point of it is practice and have fun.
So keep it in mind and join us.
73 de kc6mie
I know everyone uses a computer to program their Baofeng, but here is a cheat sheet that you can print and keep in your go-bag.
You never know you could be sitting on the pot and hit the wrong button
on your Baofeng and cannot reach your laptop. Actually, you most
likely couldn't reach your go bag either.
Baofeng Short Programming Guide pdf
How to watch the full episode of "Search for the Super Battery"
PBS recently broadcast an outstanding TV show called
Search for the Super Battery. Modern lithium batteries are at
times downright dangerous. This show explains the danger, shows some
ways it can be resolved and delves into more modern batteries of various
types. Watching this show is an hour well spent. You can see it online
anytime for free at: http://www.pbs.org/video/2365946487/
1500' TV Tower - YouTube Short Video
Changing a top beacon bulb, 1500' tower, award-winning drone video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/f1BgzIZRfT8?feature=player_embedded
Solar Panel RFI
Extract from: Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2051, February 17th, 2017
Where Ocean Garbage Winds Up
NEWEST RADIO INTERFERENCE UNDER THE SUN?
PAUL/ANCHOR: Though a solar array can save some homeowners big on their
energy bills, it's very possible nearby amateurs are paying a price on
the bands. If you are experiencing interference on the air and you
believe the source is a nearby solar array, the Federal Communications
Commission wants to hear from you. Whether the solar setup is right next
door or a few doors down, the agency would like you to document the
issue and explain why you believe the solar array is the source of
problem. They can then proceed with the investigation.
According to the FCC's Deborah Chen, complaints can be filed with the
agency and should include any or all of the following: photographs,
recordings and any other meaningful supportive documents.
Submit your complaints on the agency website at consumercomplaints-dot-fcc-dot-gov In followup contacts with the FCC, be sure to mention your complaint ticket number.
Floating garbage tossed into the oceans (e.g. yogurt cups)
tend to break apart and collect at certain places in the oceans. We
can't track each cup, but we can track the 17,000 research buoys that
are released into the oceans from time to time. This short video shows
where the debris congregates -- it's an outstanding graphic display: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/here’s-where-17000-ocean-research-buoys-ended
Subject: A star explodes: The story of supernova 1987A
This five minute video, created with clay figures by the staff at
Science News, chronicles the exciting discovery of Supernova 1987A --
the most recent Supernova seen by humans. The events portrayed
happened 30 years ago this month. At points in the video, the voice of
the discoverer, Ian Shelton, is heard. We are but a very small part of
God's magnificent universe. Click for the video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=67LLoVnwUgw
Titanic: Fascinating Engineering Facts
RMS Titanic: Fascinating Engineering Facts
The 2,578 Problems With Self-Driving Cars
The 2,578 Problems With Self-Driving Cars - IEEE Spectrum
Yahoo reveals more breachiness to users victimized by forged cookies
Yahoo reveals more breachiness to users victimized by forged cookies | Ars Technica
Hacks all the time. Engineers recently found Yahoo systems remained compromised
And I STILL can't convince my customers to leave Yahoo!
Frank Abagnale, world-famous con man, explains why technology won’t stop breaches
Why fix the barn door after the cows have escaped? I think I've
convinced exactly zero of my customers to switch from Yahoo. They just
cover their ears and la la la la la la. OK, maybe some took the advice .
He's the real con artist the movie "Catch Me If You Can" is based upon.
The ARES E-Letter
Why are there so many Techs?
By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU
Recently, one of my readers asked, "Why do most people have a Technician
license and not a General or Extra? Is it simply not interesting enough
to get more privileges?"
This is a very interesting question, one that I've written about before.
I think there are several issues at play here. In no particular order:
* It’s pretty easy to get a Tech license, so a lot of people get
them just for the challenge, but really never intend to use the license.
* Some people get a Tech license, but then find out that amateur radio isn’t what they thought it was going to be.
* Some people get a Tech license, then can’t find an Elmer to help them. They lose interest and give up on ham radio.
* Some people get a Tech license, buy an HT, and think that’s all
there is to amateur radio. They quickly lose interest in amateur radio,
because talking on the repeaters just isn’t all that interesting.
* Some people get licenses to participate in local emergency
communications or CERT organizations. There’s no need for them to get
anything more than a Tech license.
* Since it’s so easy to get a Tech license, even those that
aren’t technically inclined get them. Getting a General Class license
requires a fair amount of study, and because they don't see the benefits
of putting in that kind of work, they just don't bother.
I posted this question to my blog and got several interesting replies.
Perhaps the most cogent was by Kenneth, W6KWF. He wrote: "The only thing
General/Extra gets you is HF, which is becoming an increasingly small
fraction of the possibilities of the amateur hobby. Amateurs could
easily spend their whole lives moving from FM repeaters to microwave to
VHF packet to EME to CERT/event support, etc, etc, without having any
interest to explore what few facets of the hobby need HF privileges."
I think this is a great point. When incentive licensing was put into
place in the late 1960s, HF was where the action was. Nowadays, more of
the "cool stuff" is happening on VHF, UHF and microwaves. Getting
additional HF privileges is not really a big deal anymore for many hams.
Yet another new license class?
Right on the heels of this discussion, the ARRL posted a news item,
"ARRL Seeks Opinions Concerning Possible New Entry Level License"
According to this report, the ARRL Board of Directors set up an An
Entry Level License Committee in September 2016.
The committee is gathering member input via an online member survey
(http://www.arrl.org/license-1) and will make recommendations to the
Board for possible rules changes to submit to the FCC. They note, “The
result could mean changes to the Technician license, but it could also
be an additional, but simpler, license with privileges that would give a
newcomer a taste of most facets of ham radio from HF to VHF and UHF.
The survey will be online until April 7, 2017.
According to the survey page, the committee is trying to address several issues, including:
* The declining population of new hams under the age of 30.
* A decline in the number of new licensees who actually get on the air.
* Amateur Radio’s lack of appeal for those under the age of 30, compared to other technical hobbies.
* The increasing challenge of engaging and retaining Technician licensees.
* A reluctance in much of the amateur community to embrace newer
technologies of interest to the younger segment of the population.
Personally, I don’t think that coming up with a new entry-level license
class with privileges that are even more limited than the Technician
Class is a bad idea, but whether or not it’s successful will depend
completely on the implementation. Unless the new class of license is
accompanied by some kind of program that will help these new licensees
really become engaged with amateur radio, then we’re just creating
another class of inactive licensees. I don’t know exactly what this
program would consist of, but without it, this effort is doomed to
And, who’s going to develop and run this program? The only organization
that has the horsepower to make this work is the ARRL. They are going to
have to step up big time. Most clubs don’t have the people or resources
to do it properly. If you have any thoughts on this, I urge you to
contact your ARRL division director (http://www.arrl.org/divisions).
When he's not pondering questions about the amateur radio licensing
structure, Dan blogs about amateur radio at KB6NU.Com, writes the "No
Nonsense" amateur radio study guides, and teaches ham classes. You can
contact him by e-mailing cwgee
Technical Committee: Bob-W6VR, Chris-AA4CD, Daryl-WA5QMV, Ron-KG6HSQ, Brent-KJ6UMY
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